Thursday 27 April 2017

Katie Taylor's professional debut will be live on TV as contract is confirmed

Katie Taylor celebrates her Olympic gold in 2012
Katie Taylor celebrates her Olympic gold in 2012
Katie Taylor
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Katie Taylor has signed a professional contract with Matchroom Boxing, it has been confirmed.

Promoter Eddie Hearn made the announcement himself on Twitter today and revealed the Bray boxer will make her debut live on Sky Sports on November 26 in the SSE Arena, Wembley.

Two weeks later, Taylor will fight on the undercard to Anthony Joshua.

“When I first dreamt of Olympic gold, female boxing was practically unknown,” said Taylor.

“Now because of my journey and the incredible supporters who came along with me, female boxing is as much part of the fabric of the Olympics as its male counterpart. Now I want to do the same for the professional sport and I hope those who have supported me along the way will come along with me. I’m excited for the road ahead.”

Eddie Hearn added: “Today marks a significant day for our sport with the news that Katie is joining the professional ranks.

“She is one of the most decorated amateur boxers of all time and a public icon in Ireland. I met Katie for the first time last week and was fascinated by her desire to not just win World titles but to break down the barriers of women’s boxing, she is an incredible role model.

“Boxing is a sport open to all but it’s also an entertainment business. Anyone who has watched Katie fight knows how exciting she is and anyone who hasn’t is really going to enjoy her journey on Sky Sports. I’m really excited by this challenge and we are committed to giving Katie the opportunities she needs to achieve her dreams.”

Since making her major championship debut in 2005, Taylor has won an Olympic gold, five world titles and six European crowns.

However, since her father Pete left her corner, Taylor's form has slumped, losing three times in 2016 having previously remained undefeated since 2005.

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